Lt Col Brian Donehue serves as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and the Director of Staff at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 765, The Citadel, where he manages a staff of motivated, professional officers and non-commissioned officers and administers a robust training program, to include formal classroom instruction, leadership laboratory, physical fitness, and officer candidate mentoring.
Lt Col Donehue is a 2002 graduate of The Citadel, commissioning through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He’s held numerous positions at the Squadron and Group levels. His experience consists of multiple tours with the E-3 AWACS, NATO AWACS, and the Joint Staff. Additionally, Lt Col Donehue deployed and flew in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE as the Director of Operations for both the 963rd and 968th Airborne Air Control Squadrons. Prior to his current assignment, he held the position of Installation Inspector General at Joint Base Charleston.
2002 Bachelor of Arts in English, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
2008 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Ala.
2009 Master of Human Relations, University of Oklahoma
2014 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
September 2002 – July 2005: Aircraft Maintenance Officer, 347th Rescue Wing, Moody AFB, Georgia
July 2005 – August 2006: Student Navigator, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training, Randolph AFB, Texas
August 2006 – May 2009: E-3 Instructor Navigator and Flight Commander, 963th Airborne Air Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
May 2009 – August 2010: Executive Officer, 552nd Operations Group, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
August 2010 – June 2013: Instructor Navigator and Assistant Director of Operations, NATO AWACS AFELM OSS Geilenkirchen NATO AB, Germany
June 2013 – June 2014: Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
July 2014 – May 2015: Political/Military Planner, Joint Staff, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
May 2015 – July 2016: Executive Assistant to the J-5 Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
July 2016 – June 2017: Assistant Director of Operations and E-3 Evaluator Navigator, 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
June 2017 – May 2018: Director of Operations, 963rd Airborne Air Control Squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
May 2018 – June 2019, Director of Staff, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
July 2019 – June 22: Installation Inspector General, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina
June 2022 – June 2023: Operations Officer, Air Force ROTC Detachment 765, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
June 2023 – Present: Director of Staff, Air Force ROTC Detachment 765, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
Rating: Senior Navigator
Flight hours: More than 1,500 flying hours
Aircraft flown: E-3A/B/C/G
Major Awards and Decorations
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air and Space Commendation Medal
Effective Dates of Promotion
Second Lieutenant September 12, 2002
First Lieutenant September 12, 2004
Captain September 12, 2006
Major October 1, 2012
Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 2017
(CURRENT AS OF AUGUST 2023)